Most of the time, we know what it would take to be successful, but then “somehow” we don’t implement – and nothing ever changes. Information overload, analysis paralysis, a slight penchant for perfectionism, maybe a lack of follow-through – all keep us from making progress toward our goals.

Sometimes we are unclear about what needs to change first to effect the most significant impact on performance – our own, our team’s or our organization’s.

For businesses and individuals alike, an outside advisor can make all the difference.

And that’s the role of a coach: to work with you, as you create a vision and devise a plan to bring it to fruition. The coach will provide you with feedback, support, and the accountability you need to reach your goals.

When you work with a coach,
expect to go further and faster!

The coaching I provide is usually a combination of business and executive coaching.
Let’s take a quick look at the difference between the two:



A Business Coach takes a look at the entire business entity: its value proposition, customer segments, customer relationships, marketing channels, key activities, key resources, key partnerships, revenue streams, and cost structure.

Over the time of the engagement, a Business Coach works with leaders to uncover opportunities for improvement and change, and then supports the successful implementation of new or tweaked processes and systems in these crucial areas.



Executive Coaching is designed for individuals who want to close a gap between where they are now – personally or professionally – and where they would like to be.

When working with an Executive Coach, the individual can expect to receive feedback, support and accountability so they can reach new goals, develop new skills, implement new ways of thinking and new behavior. Individuals become more energized and confident and generally perform better.

What is Coaching Good for?


Individuals that have clarity on their best career path and then effectively implement their priority and time management strategies, perform above expectations in all aspects.


A solid strategic plan increases revenue, profit, productivity, growth, quality, customer loyalty, and more. It also contributes to attracting quality employees and keeping them.


Company’s growth accelerates when impeding issues are resolved, including those affecting time management and leverage; revenues, profits and cash flow; and the people involved.


A team that performs at the top level makes many things possible. The team’s increased performance impacts its potential, its productivity and the organization’s profits.


A solid exit plan includes grooming the next generation of leaders and implementing strategies now that will ensure you can sell your business for top dollar later.


A well-developed Board positively impacts an organization’s performance, its reputation in the community and among grant makers, and its ability to attract and retain quality board members.

Is Coaching Right for You?

Being coached is not for everyone. Here’s s how to recognize if it is for you or your business:

The Status Quo is Costing You

You have determined that keeping things the same is taking its toll on the bottom line of your business or your performance as a professional. You already know that NOT implementing necessary changes will only make the situation worse.

You’re Ready to Invest in Solutions

Creating solutions for your business or your professional performance requires you to invest resources: money, time and energy. The value of working with a professional coach is that you can expect to make progress faster and go further as you move toward or beyond your objectives.

You’re Coachable

You’re open to feedback and willing to explore new solutions, because “what got you here won’t get you there” (to quote the famous Marshall Goldsmith). It also means that you’ll get the support you want and the accountability you need to succeed. You’re ready for change.



If you already know you want to work with a coach and would like to explore what “Coaching with Sylke” would look like, then, let’s have a call and do a little “coaching with Sylke.”

It’s a complimentary call and the first step to see if there is a fit between your needs and how my coaching can support you and/or your business toward success. 

You’ve got nothing to lose. It’s 30 minutes of your time, and – at a minimum – you’ll gain more clarity about the direction in which you want to go.



When we work together, there’s bound to be change!


Sylke Chesterfield gives the personalized coaching that every female executive can benefit from. From navigating a male-dominated company with long established dysfunctional patterns, to identifying with laser-focus on some areas I needed to work on myself, Sylke is that observational third party who can guide any female executive down a decisive path without being lost in the tendency to try to fix things. After just a short conversation, Sylke pinpointed important issues, gave specific recommendations, and was encouraging and empowering in all her suggestions. I highly recommend her.

T.A., Engineer

Sylke and I have engaged on numerous projects and as a result she has recently provided me with professional coaching. Navigating the waters of entrepreneurship in a competitive environment while maintaining a household and your sanity can be a challenge. As a coach Sylke provides you with the tools and concepts to keep you focused and healthy. I urge you to engage Sylke when that voice inside says you need the help of an experienced coach.

S.G., Entrepreneur

Need a colleague when you haven’t got one? Someone to bounce that business idea with? Someone to help you think objectively, strategically and create deadlines? Sylke brings strong expertise, frank probing questions and a confident, friendly style into your office to keep you focused and help you reach the goals you want.

B.B., Non-profit Consultant

Sylke is an effective communicator with secular, forward-thinking vision and a firm grasp of current branding techniques and technology trends. Upon our initial meeting, I recognized Sylke possesses the unique ability to read personalities beyond the surface. She posed probing questions that my close friends and family would never ask and intuitively identified my limiting beliefs, offering straightforward feedback and practical suggestions. Sylke’s objective coaching approach of active engagement and mindful accountability provided me clarity to discover my goals and to develop habits and the discipline to accomplish them. Her encouraging nature and insightful business acumen proved the right combination for Sylke to be my coach and an invaluable resource towards my achieving growth as a person and realizing professional success.

J.E., Entrepreneur

Structured, measured, with a methodical approach towards covering all the basic requirements in a way so that the project would not only stand up in the end, but also as to give myself thought – to things, avenues, and development, not obvious at first, but that gave me pause and ideas, as to where, what, when, and how, my idea might be best developed and deployed to fruition. She has a well-rounded thorough approach with a keen eye on the parameters and requirements for the final presentation. She was accessible and even visited when in town. She understood the importance of time – its necessity to fully create and complete the project and set appropriate deadlines and goals. Her efforts continued right through the final presentation at which she was present, and extend to this day. Any future [client of hers] would be most fortunate to have Ms. Chesterfield’s talents and expertise at their disposal.

G.D., Solopreneur

Silka- I am so thankful to God that I was coached by you. You asked me to write out my goals on a big board and one of those goals was to do research in Early Education. I interviewed face to face with Senior Researchers today at The [Organization name withheld for confidentiality] in NYC and they offered me the job. I will be doing research that will examine children learning mathematics and using technology. There will be professional development to teachers and a great deal of collecting and analyzing data. The project will begin in January and should be completed in May which will keep me busy until the center opens.

M.J., Solopreneur

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